Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from May 31, 2013

A Bit on the Side
Byline: With Jo,Jo Bodg & Matt "GRRRRRR!" Don't panic a large grizzly bear has not eaten me before showing an incredible flair for writing a weekly column in the Chronicle. That testosterone-fuelled outburst is my effort at a manly grunt. ...
Adam on Board for Return to His Roots; Designs Town's Skate Park
Byline: PAUL TULLY A FORMER boy skate-boarder is to return to his roots as a project designer. Adam Wright and his pals were regularly to be found spinning along the old wooden ramps at The Sele in his home town of Hexham. He eventually left...
Agnoy of the Wait Is over; Pamela's Shocked Family Tell of Huge Relief
Byline: DAN WARBURTON LOVED ones of missing mum Pamela Jackson revealed their "nightmare" as officers confirmed they had found her body. The 55-year-old had been the subject of a cross-county search operation after she was reported missing from...
A Lifeline We Could Not Do Without
FOR MUM-OF-THREE Beverley Cornell, the Alan Shearer Centre is a lifeline she and husband Darren could not do without. Their Down's Syndrome daughter Rebecca, 20, stays at the centre one weekend a month to give the rest of the family a respite break....
A Lifesaving Hotspot; Training Will Protect Offshore Workers
Byline: KERRY WOOD BURNING planes, explosions and fuel spillages are among potentially life-threatening disasters a new training centre will recreate. The PS1m facility will provide vital emergency response training to thousands of people across...
A Real Marathon Effort! Students Make Big Net Gains on Court
SPORTS-MAD students and staff joined members of the public by taking a day off work - to play netball non-stop. Northumbria University's second annual 24-hour netball event raised thousands of pounds for charity. Hundreds of players kept the...
A Sight for Sore Pies
Byline: GARY BECKWITH A PIE is a pie is a pie. Or is it? There are plenty of pie offerings out there, and the pie lovers amongst us will have no doubt tried the Fray Bentos or Findus variety. Partial to the odd steak and ale Bentos myself (no...
A World of Excitement; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
IF you're tired of the unpredictable North East weather and dreaming of the ultimate holiday destination, PortAventura in Spain is home to Europe's tallest and fastest roller coaster offering a thrilling world of excitement guaranteed to keep the whole...
Best of the Rest
EPIC (U) PERFECTLY timed for the half term break, Ice Age and Robots director Chris Wedge returns with a story about a Professor Bomba (Jason Sudeikis), investigating microscopic life in the jungle when his teenage daughter Mary Katherine MK (Amanda...
Citroen Ds3
Byline: STEVE HUGHES THE stylish Citroen DS3 has been ranked 'Best Supermini' in the 2013 What Car? JD Power survey. In its very first showing, the DS3 received an 82% satisfaction score against the overall industry average of 77% with a maximum...
Dedication Pays off; DEALER TALK: Jennings
A MEMBER of staff at Jennings Ford Direct, part of the Jennings Motor Group, has been rewarded after achieving 35 years service with the company. David Campbell, 51, from South Shields, started working for the company, formerly known as Selwoods,...
Defender." Colo's out in Front as Your Choice for Player." of a Tough Season
CAPTAINS of Newcastle United don't try to initiate moves away from the club mid-season. Indeed, they don't tend to do it at all if they ever want to remain loved and respected by the supporters. Fabricio Coloccini may well have played his last...
Derby Day Fan for Trial after Denial; Arrested after Sunderland's Third Goal at St James'
Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY A FOOTBALL fan has denied acting in a threatening manner towards rival fans at the Tyne Wear derby. Craig Lee Stanworth was arrested during the tense match between Newcastle United and Sunderland at St James' Park last...
Dixon's Sights on Title Success
KIMBLESWORTH hold the distinction of backto-back titles in different leagues. The Readers County League championship in 2010 was immediately followed by the Senior League crown in 2011. Now they have their sights set on becoming the first champions...
England in the Mood to Show True Colours
ENGLAND will begin the NatWest Series against New Zealand with a proud record to uphold in oneday international cricket. Not since they last played in a red kit - the colour of their new one for this Champions Trophy summer due to be unveiled against...
Feline Frolics Just Purrfect; Cats at Sunderland Empire until June 8
HAVING seen this musical only once before - on an old video - I couldn't wait to see it performed live. Cats, as I'm sure you're all aware, is about a gathering of Jellicle cats, who meet once a year to see who is going to be reborn into a new Jellicle...
Fiat Panda 0.9 Twinair Lounge
UNLIKE Edinburgh Zoo, Fiat has experienced few problems producing a new generation of Pandas. The third outing for the Italian city mini is bigger, roomier, safer and more fuel efficient than its predecessors. It has a two-cylinder TwinAir petrol...
Fine Eating Company Wind-Up Bid; Fisherman's Lodge Future Unclear
Byline: JOANNE BUTCHER A COMPANY which once ran one of Newcastle's most highly-regarded restaurants is set to be wound up. The taxman has launched proceedings against Harmony Fine Dining Ltd, the firm which formerly ran the Fisherman's Lodge,...
Forum for Bright Sparks; Business Exhibition Highlights Entrepreneurs in City's West End
Byline: MICHEAL BROWN YOUNG entrepreneurs are proving that business is alive and kicking in the West End of Newcastle as they showcased their talents at a "pop-up" business exhibition. The 16 to 24-year-olds are all part of the Reviving the Heart...
Go Bananas for Them! Every Penny Counts for These Great Kids
TODAY we launch an appeal that could transform the lives of disabled children across the North East. With your help, these youngsters can receive a grant from the Chronicle's Sunshine Fund to buy much-needed specialised equipment to make their everyday...
Hurricanes Blown out by President!
THE Durham County Presidents beat the Dundee Hurricanes 56-18 in their National North Division encounter. The Presidents racked up 463 yards of offence, had three successful field goals and an interception returned for a touchdown in a match they...
"I Achieved a Great Deal in My Career and I Was Well Rewarded. This Is My Way of Giving Something Back; Foundation Cash Is Rolling in to Beat Target
Byline: PAUL TULLY ALAN Shearer hit many a target in his time with Newcastle United and England - and now he has surpassed a very different one. For the Alan Shearer Foundation, established a year ago today, has soared past its PS250,000-a-year...
It's Difficult to Accept That I Have This Terrible Illness When I Don't Know When I Was Exposed to Asbestos
Byline: DAN WARBURTON Chief Reporter GRIEVING widow Joan Lesley Cooper is battling killer mesothelioma - months after her husband died of pancreatic cancer. The mum-of-five, who has 17 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, learned in November...
Lazio Ace Diakite.'s Set for Black Cats; Wearmen Ready to Seal Bosman Swoop
Byline: JAMES HUNTER SUNDERLAND are understood to have agreed a deal to sign Lazio defender Modibo Diakite. The Black Cats have been linked with the Frenchman for several weeks, and reports in Italy claim Diakite will move to Wearside on a Bosman...
Lexus
HYBRIDS, not diesels are the key to cost-effective motoring according to Lexus which is about to introduce a petrol-electric powertrain in its new IS executive-grade saloon. It means that across the Lexus portfolio there's not a diesel to be seen...
Lighting the Fuse; Games Guru
Fuse Platform: Xbox 360. Price: PS39.99 So, what happens when human beings access powerful alien technology they were never meant to have? Well, when a volatile energy source called Fuse falls into the wrong hands, the CIA calls upon an elite contact...
Liverpool Ace Admits He Faces an Uncertain Future
STRIKER Luis Suarez admits he does not know what his future holds. While he insists he is very happy to be at a "spectacular" club like Liverpool, Suarez also considers the time may be right for a"change of environment." With the Reds' failure...
Material Girl's Work Is the White Stuff; Student Left Stunned by Her Success
MATERIAL girl Ashley Wilson is on a roll after her designs were snapped up by a prestigious high street giant. The 22-year-old student, from Newcastle, was stunned to see her nature-inspired textile print turned into dresses, tops, skirts and a...
Message Is Loud and Clear as Fans Insist United Must Invest in More Firepower
NEWCASTLE UNITED fans don't ask for a lot. Which is rather a good job given what they have been forced to put up with over the years. The Toon Army would, of course, like to win the Premier League one day, reach the odd cup final and for their...
Message Is Loud and Inited Must Invest
Byline: Neil Cameron NEWCASTLE UNITED fans don't ask for a lot. Which is rather a good job given what they have been forced to put up with over the years. The Toon Army would, of course, like to win the Premier League one day, reach the odd...
Musical Strands Come Together; ALAN NICHOL Takes a Look at This Week''s Blues and Roots Scene
Byline: ALAN NICHOL OCCASIONALLY, a gig comes along which defies stylistic categorisation. The kind where the constituent parts can't really be found anywhere else on the music scene. On Monday night, the Cluny has just such a show and it brings...
New Life for Pub Linked to Hardman; Plan for Student Flats
DEVELOPERS are bidding to breath new life into a pub once linked to a Tyneside hardman. The Greyhound pub, on Newcastle's Pitt Street, owned by John Henry Sayers' dad John Brian, was once the setting of an alleged rape but detectives were met with...
One to Leave at the Altar; Www. ....with FILMS Graham Young
Byline: Graham Young THE BIG WEDDING (15) GUARANTEED a lifetime's worth of work thanks to The Godfather II (1974), the pair reunited for Marvin's Room (1996) alongside Meryl Streep and a young Leonardo DiCaprio. Now Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton...
Prince in Bottle Attack Shocker
Byline: DAVE MORTON IT seems a long time ago, doesn't it? Before Diana, before William and Harry, before Camilla - a time when Prince Charles was just the Queen's oldest son, and a young man with his life in front of him. Back on May 31, 1978,...
PS4m Scheme to Revamp Primary Classrooms; City Schools to Bid for a Share of Cash
Byline: NICOLA WEATHERALL Education Reporter A MULTI-MILLION pound programme to invest in new and revamped classrooms in Newcastle's primary schools has been given the go-ahead. The city council has identified additional capital funds of PS4m...
Rock on for the Big Event; Smash Hit Musical We Will Rock You Arrives in Newcastle Next Week on Its First Arena Tour. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Caught It a Few Weeks Ago as It Wowed Crowds in Copenhagen, Denmark. Today We Join Him Behind the Scenes
Byline: GORDON BARR FEW shows make a successful transition from theatre to arena setting. We Will Rock You is a definite exception - it seems made for the arena. I've seen it twice in theatres and recently caught it in Copenhagen as it embarked...
Seat Leon 1.6 Tdi Se 5dr
FROM high performance flying machine, the Cupra, to super frugal family hatchback, one thing the SEAT Leon retains is eye-catching styling. The styling on the latest model is the best by far with a low slung sleek profile, attractive light clusters...
SIX OF THE BEST: Father's Day Gadgets
IF you want to give Dad a Father's Day gift that's a bit out of the ordinary, Peter Jenkinson has some advice on what's available Orbotix Sphero PS99.99 from www.menkind.co.uk This robotic ball is controlled directly from your iOS or Android smartphone...
Smiling and Then He Goes Missing; CCTV Images of Student Who Disappears Hours Later
Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY Crime Reporter SMILING, relaxed and happy, missing Jason Fyles is caught on camera enjoying a night out just hours before he vanished. Police searching for the student have found new footage of him at a Metro station on...
Stadium Hotel a Class Act; City to Score for 250 Jobs
Byline: MICHAEL BROWN FOOTBALL fans and concertgoers will soon be able to stay right next to Sunderland's Stadium of Light after Hilton announced they are bringing forward plans to build a new hotel. Up to 250 jobs could be created by the scheme,...
Station's Central Feature Gets a Dream Make -over; Visionary New Uses for Iconic Portico - Symbol of Tyne Homecomings
TRAVELLERS are warned to prepare for the permanent closure of Newcastle Central Station's portico, which will be sealed off forever on Sunday. The move marks the first step in the PS20m redevelopment around the city centre transport hub - but means...
Stolen Car Driver Hits Five-Year-Old; Motor Menace Speeds Off
A LITTLE boy was lucky to escape without serious injury when a stolen car ploughed into him on a pedestrian crossing. The hit-and-run driver jumped a red light before crashing into the five-year-old as he made his way across the road, in Benton,...
Support for Young Driver Restrictions
DRIVERS, including those under 25, are in support of a minimum learning to drive period to tackle young driver crashes. The move is being considered by the Government and a poll by road safety charity Brake and Direct Line insurance reveals 84 per...
Talent Keeps on Growing; as Continually-Growing Band Symphonic Pictures Are Just Weeks Away from Releasing Their Debut EP, RUTH LAWSON Catches Up with Them
Byline: RUTH LAWSON THEY started with two, then three, then six and now a seventh member is on the horizon. The forever evolving line-up of Symphonic Pictures seems to me to reflect the ethos of the band's music. Not tied down by genres or...
Teachers' Jobs 'At Risk' in School Plan; Union Fears over Merger of Two Private Schools
Byline: NICOLA WEATHERALL Education Reporter TEACHERS jobs and pay are at risk under merger plans for two Tyneside private schools, a union has claimed. The NASUWT has said its members are "deeply worried" the decision to join two Newcastle girls'...
Thieves Rob Young Kidney Suffer; Heartbroken Victim Chased from His Precious Scooter
CALLOUS thieves chased a young kidney disease sufferer into a busy road then stole his beloved scooter. Police are hunting the crooks that stole renal tubular acidosis sufferer Stephen Carr's pride and joy in daylit West Denton. And mum Kerry...
This Week's DVDs
WRECK-IT RALPH (PG) WRECK-IT RALPH (voiced by John C Reilly) is the bad guy in a game called Fix-It Felix Jr, which has stood the test of time in an arcade. However, after years of destruction, Ralph yearns to be the hero for once. So Ralph abandons...
True Grit Will Be Key in Top Flight
Byline: MARK SMITH SCOTT MacLeod believes the forward grit that propelled Newcastle Falcons to the Championship title will serve them well in the top flight next season. The Scottish lock-forward claimed Player of the Season honours in his first...
Tweets & Posts
A selection of your comments left on our website, Twitter and Facebook pages A CHARITY shop set up to raise money in memory of a teenage cancer victim has been broken into by thieves. The owner has branded the charity shop raiders 'the lowest of the...
Tyre Warning for Region's Drivers
MORE than a fifth of drivers in the North East are urged to replace their car tyres - at up to PS1,000 per vehicle - because they are driving less to save money. This apparent contradiction is being highlighted by Kwik Fit, a company in business...
Warnings before Ashleigh Stabbing; Killer Wrote That He Would "Attack Anyone" without His Medication
JUST three months before knifing to death mental health worker Ashleigh Ewing, her schizophrenic killer wrote that he would "attack anyone" without his medication. The Chronicle can reveal the killer admitted in applications for disability living...
Waste of SUMMER
Byline: GARY BAINBRIDGE SUMMER had come for its annual overnight visit and I'd already wasted half of it by mowing an unappreciative lawn. I am not the outdoors type. I know if I am stung by a nettle I should apply a dock leaf, but I have no...
Wearmen Shur Are off to a Flier
DANIEL SHURBEN has challenged his Sunderland side to build on their early-season momentum. The Wearsiders are third in the table after three wins and one defeat - plus an abandoned game - from their opening five fixtures. They lost five senior...
World Watches Cancer Pioneers; Trials of New Drug at the Northern Institute
Byline: ADRIAN PEARSON A NEW cancer drug is to be pioneered on Tyneside. And father-of-one Bob Baxter is among those urging others to learn from his experience and consider medical trials. Researchers want to help those who have run out of...
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